Wednesday, November 27, 2013


I'm back with the numbers, just go with it please. There's actually a point!

It's been super cold here. I don't like it one bit. Yes, I like being able to run & with no humidity & it not be 95 degrees BUT 30's & 40's are a little much. All that to say that I ran later Sunday than normal. We went to Mass & grocery shopping & then I ran. It was still really cold. Like running tights, long sleeve shirt, jacket & thingy to cover my ears. Granted by mile 2.5 the jacket came off but it was cold & I did run 11 miles. Now all the people I know that run told me last week when I ran 10 that 13.1 would be no problem if I can run 10. I'm not so sure. When I ran 11, I'm pretty sure I couldn't have ran 11 point one more step. Seriously!

Today was my first run since Sunday. We had a monsoon of hurricane proportion yesterday. Yeh, along with the freezing cold weather. So I ran after work. I like to to have 2 days rest before my long run so this will probably be my only "week day" run this week. Normally, it would be a 5 miler, I decided to try a  10K. I was feeling good at that point so I decided to go 7. I felt good. While I was running something occurred to me. That happens a lot when I run. I'm getting to the point. My brother's birthday is April 13th. My parents always told him 13 was his lucky number. When he played baseball his number was always 13. My shoes are Brooks Adrenaline 13th generation. I've trained in the shoes & will race my first 13.1 in them. I think it's a sign! I'm taking it that way anyway.

So all my friends that live up north what do y'all do with your plants when it gets cold. We're going to be in the 20's tonight. This is what you do when you live in the south.
Wrap your palm trees in LSU blankets. For the sake of my sanity & heart health the cold weather can't last. Everytime I walk through the living room I think there's a man in my backyard because I see this out of my peripheral vision.

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!!!


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Werewolf & Mexican!

Friday night a bunch of us had our normal Friday night outing at Caliente. Werewolf was playing. They're an 80's cover band from Baton Rouge & they used to be really popular & then they broke up. There are a couple of new guys & they're playing all over town again.

I don't why these pics are blurry.
Randy & Dennis really enjoyed the music!
Jeff, me & Randy & Jackie in the background dancing with a random college guy that grabbed her.  HAHA!
Jeff, me, Randy, Jackie & Dennis
Anna & Addy Rose. Addy Rose is the owner of Caliente's baby. She almost 5 months old & so tiny. We all took turns loving on her.
Me & Allison

There was lots of air guitar
Me & Korie
I got a cute new Christmas cup at Hobby Lobby Friday!!
Saturday during the game our friends Katie & Sean stopped by. They were in town from Houston. We hadn't met little Riley yet. So cute!
Quinn watched Curious George.
This is what the weather was like at 9:30 this morning when I was going to run. I DON'T LIKE COLD WEATHER & I REALLY DON'T LIKE WIND!
But I pounded out 11 miles. The last mile was HARD! I've been tired all afternoon. Tired & hungry. I've eaten gumbo, chips & salsa, french fries & pizza. I enjoyed every single bite!!! Not sure what my running schedule will be like this week. It's going to be crazy cold!! We're talking highs in the 40's! YIKES!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Back in Sept. or Oct. I entered a blog giveaway at Lambert's Lately. I got an email a couple of weeks ago saying that I'd won! I was soooo excited! I won a Keurig & Green Mountain Coffee!
I already have a Keurig but it's the cheapest one you can buy with nothing frou frou. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box & saw this!
It has a timer so I can actually have coffee waiting for me when I get up! I know a lot of people with regular coffee pots have that every morning but this is very exciting news to me! Well, so exciting that I've had it for over a week & I haven't used it yet. In my defense I've been a little busy. I've skimmed the directions once but I need to read them again. FYI - it's a toss up of which I hate more, reading directions or packing.

Happy Hump Day!!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Utterly Exhausted!

I slept 9 hours last night. I'm STILL tired. I don't think I've ever gone a whole week without blogging. Things were a little crazy.
Tuesday I ran 5 miles

We had some cold weather last week & I actually had time to stop at Starbucks on my way to work!

Thursday I ran 5 more miles. I ran it after work because it was 33 that morning & I had to be at work early for a meeting. I was so excited to see mile 5 at 9:36. That's my fastest mile ever!

Friday night we were back at Caliente for dinner & then we went to our Church fair for awhile. We got to visit with a lot of people that we don't see very often.

Saturday morning Scott & Lydia were running a race so I met them & got Logan. We went & got donuts for breakfast & we played at my house for a little bit before going to the fair.
Logan found Dean's readers. He kept saying "they're awesome, you can see stuff close".

Logan rode this once & decided it didn't go fast enough.
Charli & Logan - he loved this ride & laughed the whole time & said it tickled his tummy!

Logan LOVED Charli!
Logan wanted to go fast so Dean rode this one. When the ride was done so was Dean.
Stafford rode this one with him because he couldn't ride by himself, he wasn't quite tall enough & I was feeling a little queasy! I normally ride everything with no problems. I kept telling Logan I needed to take a break but he wasn't having it. I bribed him with cotton candy so I could sit for a few minutes!

When we were leaving Logan told Dean "I tired, hold me".
It didn't take long for him to fall asleep. Once we dropped him off we went home & got ready very quickly for Church. After Church we went to dinner at Acme for an early birthday dinner for Dean.
The char grilled oysters were soooo good & there was tons of bread to sop with. YUMMM! Then we went back to the fair because the Chee Weez were playing. They were so good!
Cindy, me & Dean the photo bomber. I look like I need darker makeup but I swear it doesn't look like that in person.
Cindy, Suzy, Jackie, me & Steph hiding! We had such a fun night!

This happened Sunday morning!
10 miles in 1:51. I was super excited. I was really excited to see that mile 10 was 10:17. I know this is incredibly slow compared to some people like my brother who ran 10 mi. in 1:08 Saturday morning but for me it's great! So according to the plan I've officially completed it & should be able to run a half marathon next weekend. I, however, do not feel the same way. The race is 3 weeks from yesterday so I'll continue to train for the next 2 weeks running 11 Sunday & 12 next Sunday & then start the tapering process. I'm still in shock that I'm doing this. The last 1.5 miles of my run all I could think about was a Sonic Dr Pepper. I have no idea how that got into my head. When I get close to the end of a run it gets hard for me so I try to distract myself with my thoughts. It's not difficult. I have so many random things running through my head all the time it's a wonder I get anything done. I decided that sometime yesterday I'd have a Sonic DP. I went grocery shopping so while I was out I  got one.
There isn't a Sonic close to my house but it was worth it to drive a little out of the way to get it.

Once I got home all I wanted was a nap but it wasn't happening. I was up to my eyeballs in little yarn lamb ornaments that I'm making for Church. Amelia-Ann, Claire & Maddie are 3 of my favorite girls that used to hang out at my house all the time but are now in high school with no time for me came to help. So, so glad they did. I needed the help & I love spending time with them. They're all so sweet, they brought Dean a cupcake, candy & a card for his birthday.

It was a busy busy busy weekend with no nap. I was out for 8:30 last night. I'm thinking there's a strong possibility the same will be true tonight!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Phone Dump

We had such a fun weekend & we took a ton of pics! We were in New Orleans Friday night for Boudin, Bourbon & Beer. It's a fundraiser for Emeril Lagasse's  foundation. There are a bunch of Chef's & they've all cooked something & we get little samples. There are lots of drinks too.
Our view from the balcony of our room. Nothing special. We were in the Warehouse District.
The sunset
Cindy, me & Jackie at the "manager's reception" at the hotel aka happy hour on a bad cruise.
My next door neighbor Jeff & me. Jeff makes us all laugh a lot.
The Food Network's Aaron Sanchez with John Besh.
A glimpse of Emeril in the orange hat with all of Mario Batali's Luigi's.
Mary Kay & Mario
Me & Cindy - Cindy is my friend that did the triathlon & was going to run with me but she got sick, went to Disney & had root canals.
I always have jacked up eyes in pics! Me, John Besh & Mary Kay. I need to figure out who has the picture where I was actually looking at the camera.
Me & Stephanie. She's one of the sweetest people I know.
Grace Potter who sings that Tequila song & Emeril.
Kitza, Jeff & Dave. We went to a bar called The Red Eye. Aside from the DJ calling me ma'am we had a great time. Although, I did redeem myself by requesting Snoop Dogg.
The hotel had a delicious breakfast but the coffee? Not so much! Thankfully, we were 196 yards from Starbucks. There's an app that tells you that!
Saturday night was the big LSU/Bama game. Dean cooked a chicken & pork sauce piquante. It was soooooo good!
We never have enough food.
Poor little Patrick was exhausted.
Mackenzie & Amelia-Ann. I was so happy they came. They're in high school now & don't hang out with me like they used to.

How was y'alls weekend?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

They're Baaaack!

Red cups are back! I don't know why but these little cups make me happy! I had my first chai tea latte of the season yesterday & it was delightful!
I picked this up at TJ's & it's soooo good!! This is one of those things I have to be very careful with. I think I could seriously eat the whole box at once!
This mornings run. What I've learned from my Garmin is that I wasn't burning as many calories as I thought. My Timex heart rate monitor had me burning a good bit more than this. I have to believe the Garmin is more accurate because I should've been losing weight with the number of calories the Timex said & I wasn't. I've ran 8.3 miles this week. My long run will be  9 miles on Sunday.

After work tomorrow we're headed to New Orleans. Know what that means? I had to pack. I've mentioned how I hate packing. If we ever win the lottery one of two things will happen. Either I will hire someone to pack for me wherever we go or I'll just buy what I need everywhere we go. I HATE PACKING. We're going to an event that benefits Emeril Lagasse's Foundation. It's called Boudin, Bourbon & Beer. We went last year & it's a lot of fun. There are 22 of us going. We're coming home Saturday & we're hosting our friends for the big LSU/Alabama football game. I have zero thoughts on the game. There's no telling what's going to happen. Although, I can pretty much guarantee that something stupid will come out of Les' mouth between tomorrow & Saturday.

You know you're in the south when this is your grocery list.
Dean's cooking for the game. If you're not from around here you may not know what Trinity is. That would be onions, bell peppers & celery seasoning mix. It's a must have.

Did anyone watch the CMA's? I love Carrie & Brad together. I was cracking up. Not to mention Carrie has my dream legs. I really like Luke Bryan too.

Have a great weekend!